If you would like to volunteer to help the Project in any way please visit our website at www.stgermanspriory.info and let us know your contact details. Board of Priory Trustees Chair- Richard Laugharne Vice Chair – Fiona Bristow Secretary – Brenda Daw Support Officer – Jo Rimron Ann Demaine Peter Daw Hugh Parker Bob Foulkes.
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Updates during this time of pandemic and resources at home
- May 21st – Ascension Day – the start of “Thy Kingdom Come” There will be daily services of prayer – Click here for details. You can follow each day using the CofE TKC app or using the published booklet. Copies of this booklet have been ordered – please contact Rev Lynn if you would like one. You can read more about Thy Kingdom Come here: Thy Kingdom Come To download the TKC app look here or for Android, search for ‘DP for TKC’ in the Play Store, hopefully the same for Apple….
- Our parish is running a series of online services led by Rev Lynn, and other worship leaders using Zoom software. These include morning and evening prayer and are on most days of the week. Click here for details.
- In the near future a phased lifting of lock down restrictions as they apply to the church will begin. We’ll keep you up to date on this, and we are waiting for further guidance with regard to the suggestion that churches might open in limited circumstances in July. There is no change to guidance for weddings and funerals though all this is under review. In the meantime you can read about this here: https://www.trurodiocese.org.uk/2020/05/limited-reopening-of-churches-first-phase-can-begin-within-diocese-of-truro/
- A wonderful sung Blessing over the UK has been made, see it here: https://youtu.be/PUtll3mNj5U
- The CofE has launched a new Faith at Home programme – read about it here and on the other pages below.
- For those who are not on social media, the CofE has launched a free national phone line to bring worship and prayer to people in their homes while church buildings remain closed. ‘Daily Hope’ offers music, prayers and reflections, as well as full worship services and is available 24 hours a day – on 0800 804 8044. Please tell people who are not on line about this.
- Pub theology is back online – Click here to read more
- Families in Downderry are in financial need at this difficult time – Click here for more details – please help if you can.
- A booklet of prayers during the pandemic can be downloaded here: Outbreak Prayer Book Digital Single Pages 2 April_0
Sunday after Ascension Day, May 24th – other online options
Once again there are two options for worship from Bishop Philip and Ruth:
The now standard service that will be available at 8am on the diocesan website here or available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jdvGDDWd_k
At 9.30am the all-age service on Facebook Live continues! There will be a break from these arrangements next week, details to follow.
You can download Bishop Philip’s most recent pastoral message here: Bishop Philip letter 17.4.20
Or you could listen to one of the many radio options – Radio 4, Radio Cornwall offer services on a Sunday around 8am.
Or you could look at: Church of England website – or at many churches and cathedrals up and down the country!
A very good resource is https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online
Browse a whole range of prayers you can choose from to read – or listen to:
Or using your computer, tablet or phone (as you prefer) and from your web browser access morning and evening prayer using this link:
Click here and choose what you need.
To read or hear the prayer for today, click on this link: http://cofe.io/TodaysPrayer
Browse around the various pages and you’re sure to find something that interests you.
Alternatively download an App for your tablet or phone. Church House Publishing or provide a number of these Apps and these can be downloaded from https://www.chpublishing.co.uk/apps/daily-prayer
Visit our A Church Near You website for Tideford for additional resources including online streaming of services.
The normal ‘Sunday Sheet’ can be found here: Sunday after Ascension
Ensuring that children and young people as well as adults are kept safe whilst in our care is an integral part of our church life. If you have any concerns about safeguarding please contact:
In the Parish: Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator, 01503 230676 (vicarage number, messages will be forwarded)
In the Diocese: Sarah Acraman Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, 01872 274351
Out of Hours for after 5pm and weekends: 01208 251300
In an emergency situation:
Local Authority Children’s Social Care: 0300 123 1116
Local Authority Adult’s Social Care: 0300 1234131
Parish Priest: Rev. Canon Lynn Parker – main point of contact for all matters
Parish Wardens: Paul Gribble and Bill Woods
Readers/Licensed Lay Ministers: Richard Laugharne, Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters
For weddings, baptisms, funerals and church services: Rev. Canon Lynn Parker, David Watters and Margaret Sylvester-Thorne
Children’s work: Rev. Canon Lynn Parker, Evelyn Reed, David Watters and Margaret Sylvester-Thorne
Messy Church: Evelyn Reed
For buildings and general parish enquiries: the Parish Wardens: Paul Gribble and Bill Woods
For Safeguarding: Margaret Sylvester-Thorne
Pastoral Visitors Team: Pat Paxton
Parish Giving Scheme: David Watters
Finances: the Treasurer, Paul Gribble
Electoral Roll: Brenda Daw
Enquiries about individual churches:
Downderry: Andrew Pidgen
Hessenford: Fran Moore
St Germans: Richard Laugharne
Tideford: Sue Merrick
Deanery Synod Reps: Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters and Bill Woods
PCC Members for April 2019
Sue Booth, Fiona Bristow, Yvonne Byles, Dawn Couling, Jenny Daniel, Sue Merrick, Fran Moore, Hugh Parker, Andrew Pidgen, Tim Pullin, Evelyn Reed, Rosemary Stevenson
Hire and other info on St Germans Priory Church for events:
The St Germans Priory Trust: www.stgermanspriory.info
Hire of the Church Hall in Hessenford: http://www.hessenford.net
I hope this message finds you all keeping safe and well during this challenging time. Although the churches are closed and we are not gathering together we have quickly got into the routine of praying at home and hopefully accessing services online, or on the TV or on the radio. There is now even a phone resource available, a 24 hour phone line where you can access hymns, prayers and reflections 08008048044 – give it a try.
Some of us are also meeting together over the internet for services and meetings. It has been a steep learning curve for a lot of us including myself, as we have learnt to download “zoom” and click on the correct links at the right time. This then takes us into a screen where we can see one another and chat and join in worship. You don’t have to have anything installed as the computer does it all for you – the technology is quite amazing!
And through Zoom we have now established a pattern of “seeing” each other for Sunday morning worship at 10.30, a Tuesday at Ten reflection and chat, and a Thursday evening compline (night prayer). Please let me know of anyone wanting to join in so I can send them the “link”. (The details of all services at top right of page)
However we keep in touch, the main thing is that we all keep in contact and are thinking and praying for each other. We are maintaining being church even without the buildings – perhaps a seemly reminder to us that church is the people and not just the buildings!
I hope your prayers also cover the wider community as the church is not just about the church goers but is about thinking of all in our local communities, especially those who are struggling with loneliness or ill health.
Today for me (27th April) is day 38 of my period of lockdown and so I know personally, like you, the physical, financial, emotional, and spiritual impacts that we are all feeling. But here in Cornwall though we are fortunate and must count our blessings for the lovely weather, the countryside, and the relatively good health of those around us.
Remember that God remains to be our refuge and strength, an ever present help in times of trouble. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God. (Psalm 46)
May God’s blessings continue to be with us all and those we love, both near and far.
Yours in Christ
~ News and Events in the Parish ~
All our public events have been cancelled for the time being but we are meeting online where we can.
Zoom Pub Theology
A chance to discuss ideas and thoughts about all matter of things theological.
After a short introduction of 5 minutes, the conversation is open.
Meet via Zoom from 7.30 – 8.30pm on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month.
Topics: Tuesday 26th – Church in lockdown – things we’ve gained, things we miss
For a Zoom link or enquiries or suggestions, ring Richard Laugharne (01503-230333) or email on email@example.com
All welcome! Click here to go back to top.
Downderry families need your help!
Young families are suffering through lay-offs or vastly reduced income.
To help these young families, food parcels of around £30 value each have been delivered to the school to be passed to families as they see fit. This has been done through the generosity of local anonymous donors in co-operation with Downderry Stores who also were generous in their provision.
In addition the school have placed a covered plastic box outside the school so that individuals can drop items of tinned or dry food plus domestic consumables during the school day – the school being open for children of key workers.
The purpose of this notice is to give you an opportunity to support this ministry at this special time in our national life. There are three ways you can do this:
1. You can support a family by funding a shopping box. The cost is in the region of £30 and you should contact David Watters (01503 250 521 or firstname.lastname@example.org) and he will give you details about how this will work.
2. If £30 at one go is too much for you – and we understand that! – drop CASH in an envelope through David’s door (Jasione, Front Road, Downderry) marked ‘For Families in Need’ – you can add your name if you want to but you do not have to …….
3. You can deliver tins etc to the box at St Nicolas School- or if you cannot get there yourself, let David know and collection can be arranged.
We can all be sure that this problem will be with us for some time and families might need support for many weeks or months – so this is not a ‘one of’ situation but it is a God-given opportunity to demonstrate Christian love and support in and for our community.
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meeting in St Germans Methodist Church
Currently cancelled, but work going on in the background
Messy Church is a form of church for children and adults that involves creativity, celebration and hospitality – it’s fun!
If you’d like to help out please speak to Evelyn or ring her on 01503 230449
Find out more at https://www.messychurch.org.uk/what-messy-church-and-isnt
Events at St Germans Priory Church
None at present
Services and events in our other Benefice Churches
Phone 01503 230676 (Rev Lynn Parker – main contact)
The parish address for email is:
email@example.com (main contact)
St Germans, Hessenford, Downderry & Tideford services
Please also refer to our “A Church Near You” websites for other information:
Online services during Thy Kingdom Come – Ascension Day to Pentecost
Please contact Rev Lynn if you would like to join us.
|Thurs 21st 7.00pm||Ascension Day. Evening or Night Prayer|
|Fri 22nd 10.00am||Morning Prayer|
|Sat 23rd 7.00pm||Evening Prayer or Night Prayer|
|Sun 24th 10.30am||Morning Prayer|
|Mon 25th 7.00pm||Evening Prayer or Night Prayer|
|Tues 26th 10.00am||Morning Prayer or Lynn’s Reflection and Chat|
|Weds 27th 10.00am||Morning Prayer|
|Thurs 28th 7.00pm||Evening Prayer or Night Prayer|
|Fri 29th 10.00am||Morning Prayer|
|Sat 30th 7.00pm||Evening Prayer or Night Prayer|
|Sun 31st 10.30||Pentecost|
|Sundays||10.30am||Holy Communion or Morning Prayer||Canon Lynn|
|Mondays||7pm||Compline (Night prayer)||Hugh Parker|
|Tuesdays||10am||Reflection and chat||Canon Lynn|
|Wednesdays||10am||Morning Prayer||Margaret S-T|
|Thursdays||7pm||Compline (Night prayer)||Canon Lynn|
|Fridays||10am||Morning Prayer||Margaret S-T|
|Saturdays||7pm||Compline (Night prayer)||Hugh Parker|
Please email the relevant host, details below, if you would like to join us.
This website and our A Church Near You sites, in particular the Tideford website https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/2567/ will update and maintain resources you can use at home for personal and world prayer. Please also refer to details in the welcome section at left.
A good resource for prayers and services is https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online
The normal ‘Sunday sheet‘ can be found here: Sunday after Ascension
For your prayers – here’s the Diocesan prayer diary that you might like to use: DoT-Prayer-Diary-March-to-June-2020
The area of the Diocese of Truro area is that of the county of Cornwall including the Isles of Scilly. It was formed on 15 December 1876 from the Archdeaconry of Cornwall in the Diocese of Exeter. It is therefore one of the younger dioceses.
The diocese is divided into two archdeaconries:
- the Archdeaconry of Bodmin (est. 1878): includes Deaneries of Trigg Minor and Bodmin, East Wivelshire, Stratton, Trigg Major, and West Wivelshire
- the Archdeaconry of Cornwall: includes Deaneries of St Austell, Carnmarth North, Carnmarth South, Kerrier, Penwith, Powder and Pydar
The names of the older deaneries (before 1875) are based on those of the ancient hundreds though the boundaries do not always correspond. The deaneries created in 1875 in the episcopate of Frederick Temple were Bodmin, Stratton, St Austell, and Carnmarth. These remained unchanged until Carnmarth was divided; later still in the 1980s some alterations of boundaries occurred. Chronological Sequence:
Estwevelsire, 1259; Estwyvelschyre, 1291; Estwevelschire, 1366; Easte, 1672; East, 1847, 1980; East Wivelshire, 1997, 2009.
St Germans Group Parish PCC as from February 2020
Permanent members of the PCC
The Vicar – Rev Canon Lynn Parker
LayChair – Rosemary Stevenson
Secretary – Evelyn Reed
Treasurer – Paul Gribble
Paul Gribble and Bill Woods
Downderry: Andrew Pidgen
Hessenford: Fran Moore
Tideford: Sue Merrick
St Germans: Richard Laugharne
Downderry: Sue Booth, Jenny Daniels Cashiers: Tim Pullin
Hessenford: Yvonne Byles, Dawn Couling. Cashier: Fiona Bristow
St Germans: Sue Merrick, Evelyn Reed. Cashier: Peter Daw
Tideford: Hugh Parker. Cashier: Peter Daw
Deanery Synod Reps:
Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters. Bill Woods